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Comment: Re:Dial up can still access gmail (Score 1) 333

FYI Gmail has SMTP/POP service, and has the added bonus of excellent virus/spam filtering and no rational size limits.

I would suggest a linux system with the main system being on a readonly partition. Then use unionfs/aufs to give them readwrite access. Worst case scenario you can blow away the RW partition and it will be restored to your defaults.

As for Window Manager, I'd give'm IceWM locked down with a Windows Style Start Menu. Put anything they can have access to there. (Maybe even a "Restore To Defaults" script.)

If you need remote access setup SSH to autostart on dialup connection, maybe with a No-IP client. If you set a decent password there is little risk for a mostly offline computer, and it would give you access. If ssh port is not an option you could setup some type of reverse ssh proxy connection.. but that might take up valuable bandwidth unless you give them a button they have to push to initiate the connection.

Comment: Re:Poor source (Score 1) 105

This summary is a butchered summary of a far more interesting article. Here is a far better source! [Cause HTML has Anchor Tags] I'm quite surprised at IBT's lack of knowledge. Viruses killed by antibiotics? Toxins Multiplying?

Wow I agree! Thanks for sharing this! This is much more interesting.. Maybe someone should write up a summary about the actual article....

Comment: Re:Mistake #1 (Score 3, Insightful) 116

by canadiannomad (#47822793) Attached to: Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

Much as I'm not a fan of Bill gates, mistake #1 is not following the rules of automation:

The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.

-- Bill Gates

Comment: How fast do stars form? (Score 4, Interesting) 25

by canadiannomad (#47773553) Attached to: NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

The growing galaxy core is blazing with the light of millions of newborn stars that are forming at a ferocious rate.

In TFA it states that

GOODS-N-774 is producing 300 stars per year. “By comparison, the Milky Way produces thirty times fewer than this — roughly ten stars per year,”

I'm sure I could find it somewhere, or it is really an unanswerable question, but how fast do stars themselves generally form?

Comment: Re:Addressing potential problems (Score 1) 149

I've been to dozens of AirBnB locations all over Europe. I certainly can say that I've never had a truly bad experience. The only slightly bad experience I've had came from what I think was a hotel trying to sell their services on the wrong site, and that was in Amsterdam. Those that used the site as designed, were generally easy to sift through so we could find some real gems and avoid the cruft.

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